There are some really thought provoking quotes that remind me of people or events and when I take a moment to think about them, they just make the whole world seem nicer and more lovable.
Aesop is credited with saying, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
See, you read those words and you know that every single day you can do this. It doesn’t take money, it doesn’t have to take much time, and it doesn’t take being very smart. You just be nice to someone.
Sometimes I read facebook posts. And during one of those brainless moments of reading, I read one where one of my friends asked others to tell about a time when someone was kind to them and they really appreciated it. When I read that, I thought it could be fun to read these comments and proceeded to move down the post. The first post was from a friend of mine who I worked with when I was at the Tourism Department out of Oklahoma City.
Stacy wrote how she had taken a new job and moved to a new town right before her birthday. She had a friend who contacted people in the new town and told them about Stacy and asked them to take a moment to tell her happy birthday that day. She had people call and come by that day, one of the first in her new job, and wish her well. She said it was Melyn Johnson that did that.
You know, I don’t remember anything about any of this, but it does sound like something I would do. I probably emailed my contacts in that town, who also shared, and what took me about three minutes many years later I am getting all this credit for. We never know how much of an impression we make. And when we work together it can be so good.
Such small acts mean so much. I recently went into Dizzy B’s and Lowell handed me one of those new Hershey’s Gold bars, peanuts and pretzels, and told me to try it because it was so good. Was he ever right! Delicious. And, no, he didn’t let me pay for it. How nice was that? I smiled for ages just remembering.
Ghandi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
All you need to do to remind yourself that life isn’t so bad is to start helping others who have a harder time. And there are many who have fights that we can’t even imagine. Jim Norris is one who really makes the truth of this statement come out. Needing a liver transplant and yet he doesn’t let this keep him from working for the community. He is on several boards, he is the one who spearheads the Veterans Banner program and he also works one several other community projects. That takes strength.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew said and she was so right. When Coach Keith Schulz stepped up and made the Special Game Day happen where the OPSU Baseball Team had a day for kids, including special needs kids, to play baseball and feel the thrill of being on the field and having the crowd yelling for them with their family watch them, he was my hero. He understood the time it would take and that it was worth it, for the baseball team to appreciate what they had and to share it, and for the families and kids that participated to know that they all matter. And Coach Keith stepped in with a smile and a can – do attitude and did it. It wasn’t about what they would get, but what they could give. I love him for it. There were so many others who stepped in to help and I love them for that, too, but we couldn’t have done it without the baseball team.
Volunteers are not paid. Not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Are you wanting to start volunteering? If you want to talk about it, give me a call at 338-6246. There might well be an entity (maybe even Main Street Guymon) that needs some help once in awhile and it might be the perfect fit for you!
See you on the bricks!
Applications for the 2018 Leadership Guymon class are being taken at the Chamber of Commerce. This is an excellent program that benefits the community first, the businesses, and individuals. Would you like to get more involved in your community? Professionally, should you be out more and talking and meeting people? You can do both by applying to be in Leadership Guymon.
It begins on Jan. with a reception and the chance to learn more about expectations and scheduling.
On Jan. 19 is the Community Leadership.
Feb. 2 is the Quality of Life Session and starts by attending Eggs and Issues.
Feb. 16 is the Education Session with an update on all Education facilities & what Guymon and Texas County has to offer.
Mar. 8 is for the Local Government Session, featuring how city government functions. Participants will attend Guymon City Council Meeting as part of the session.
Mar. 26 and 27 is State Government Session with an overnight trip to Oklahoma City and attendance to the Northwest Oklahoma Alliance Legislative Reception. You tour the capitol, visit with legislators and others that impact our communities.
Apr. 6 is the Economic Base Session to learn about local banks and financial institutions, agribusiness, oil and gas and other industries.
Apr. 13 is County Government, focusds on Texas County Government and how it operates.
Apr. 19 is the Graduation Banquet.
There is a cost for the program and you must fill in an application, but it’s easy! Contact Jada at the Guymon Chamber of Commerce for an application. And remember, there is a place in the community that you’re needed. Step on up.
“The best way to find yourself is in the service to others.” Ghandi
One of the important parts in becoming a leader is knowing what you feel passionate about. When you realize what you really care about, then you find ways that you can improve there, ways you can help. It’s an adventure that leads to you being a happier and more respected person. And Texas County has so many areas that are doing excellent things for our communities and our families. And almost all of them need help.
Remember that a volunteer doesn’t get paid because they are priceless.
Time for a mention of TCEC Community Connection opportunities:
- Anytime Fitness has one month free and a free gym bag.
- Beauty and the Beast has $5 off any unlimited tanning bed package.
- Harana MedSpa has 5% off products.
- Merle Norman has a free gift with purchase of cosmetics.
- Texas County YMCA will waive your joiner’s fee, worth $50.
See you on the bricks!
The art of good conversation is a skill that all should aspire to gain. When we are able to be confident in talking to whomever we need to, the world just becomes a lot nicer place to be. Recently the Toastmaster magazine had some very good suggestions to becoming a better conversationalist that I’m going to share.
Express a sincere interest in the other person. Asking someone about themselves is the easiest way in the world to start a conversation. And the person who actually listens to the answer is usually considered a new friend.
Ask meaningful questions. Ask the person to tell you what they think about a topic, event, or news item. Avoid controversial topics or ones that you’re just looking for someone to give your opinions to. Ask something that requires more than a “yes” or “no” answer.
Give compliments. There is always something nice you can say and no better way to attract the undivided attention of someone than to give a flattering remark. You can admire something about their appearance or home, compliment the food they prepared, or their work on a project.
Listen. Respond and listen. A big part of successful communication is responding appropriately, and how can you do that when you didn’t her the previous comment?
Avoid debates. Allow other people to have their opinions. Stay away from historically volatile topics like religion, politics and other controversial topics.
A poor communicator talks on and on. Be careful to not be a one – sided communicator.
We can all improve on our conversation skills. And they are skills. You can practice and improve on them. Everyone can. Start by going out to lunch with a friend and make a point to use some of the suggestions. Each time we practice, we get better. And pretty soon you’ll find you’re the one that people gravitate towards because you make it easy for them to be comfortable in a crowd.
In fact, join the Main Street Lunch Mob and have your perfect opportunity to practice! We meet once a month, January it is on the 16th, at noon in the front room of Pub on the Bricks. We just gather together and support our Main Street Guymon restaurant members. Come alone, bring a friend, it doesn’t matter. It’s Dutch treat and the $5 lunch special is always popular when we go to the Pub.
And you shouldn’t miss the Guymon Lions Club Chili and Stew Supper on Jan. 16. Lunch mob in the afternoon and hit the Chili Supper in the evening at the Methodist Enrichment Center, 6th and Quinn, from 5:30 – 8 pm. Plates are $7 for adults. This is a great way to assist those who do so much for our community.
Another chance to practice your conversation skills is at the TCEC Co-Op Connections Spotlight on Thur., Jan. 11, at Charles White Insurance. The spotlight happens from noon to 1 and when you go, you can sign up to win $100 in Main Bucks! The Co-Op Connections is a great way for you to save money at many local businesses. Check it out at www.tcec.coop.
That evening don’t miss the chance to watch the OPSU Men’s Basketball team play in Goodwell at 8 pm. It’s a great evening to watch them. They also play at 5 pm on Jan. 13.
Love to see you on the bricks!
There are several things about the Christmas season that are way better than the present thing. One of those is the children’s Christmas program at church. I don’t care what program it is, who plans it, who is in it, it is going to be fun. The worst one is memorable for that very reason and it still makes you feel good and smile, and the best one can do the very same. So, they’re all wonderful because watching kids can be so darn entertaining. Watching kids talk about peace and joy and goodwill can’t go wrong. And the hugs afterwards abound.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia said this and it is something we should remember every single day of 2018. Be the one to give the touch, smile, kind word, to listen, to care. Take the Christmas program attitude through all 12 months.
Charles Michael sent an email out to his Lions Club members after the Christmas Shopping Spree. He said when the next meeting was, and this reminder was the reason for the email. But then he thanked the 28 volunteers that worked the shopping spree. He said he had a great time and then told about a little guy who wanted a little foam couch instead of a toy because he could roll it out and have a bed, which he didn’t have at home.
Another Lion was given $300 from a man she didn’t know who saw the shoppers. Charles proceeded to tell the wonderful job done by the WalMart staff, those with the school buses, and the staff at the Ambassador Restaurant. Kids, 129 of them, spent about $10,000 and Christmas was a time of giving for many. Someone cared.
There is a reason I read Charles Michael’s emails … because so often he is telling very positive things about this community that we both love.
I don’t know what either one of them wanted to be “when they grew up,” but Charles and Colleen Michael are a pair of leaders in our community who we need to thank God every day that we have. Whether it is their work with Lions Club or with the Guymon Community Theatre, they are there making a difference for many.
I read this on Facebook and think it is appropriate for them … Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader – they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.
Support the Lions Club by buying a ticket to their Chili and Stew Supper on Jan. 16. From 5:30 – 8 pm in the Methodist Enrichment Center at 6th and Quinn. Tickets are $7 for adults and less for kids.
Visit Charles White Insurance at 1024 N. Main on Jan. 11 from noon to 1 for the TCEC Co-Op Connections Spotlight and have a chance to win $100 in Main Bucks.
That same day, Jan. 11, you can go watch the OPSU Men’s Basketball team play in Goodwell at 8 pm.
Lots of ways to show you care about your community! Pick one to do this week.
Remember what Anthony J. D’Angelo said, “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” Be a part of your community this year. We care and want to see you there!
See you on the bricks.